Finding Nita.

Book Review for “The Direction of the Wind” by Mansi Shah. Summary: "Sophie Shah was six when she learned her mother, Nita, had died. For twenty-two years, she shouldered the burden of that loss. But when her father passes away, Sophie discovers a cache of hidden letters revealing a shattering truth: her mother didn’t die. … Continue reading Finding Nita.

Historical Highlands’ Legends.

Book Review for “Sisters of Castle Leod” by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard. Summary: "Lady Sibell Mackenzie is a spiritualist, a believer in reincarnation, and a popular author of mystical romances. Petite and proper, she values tradition and duty. Her younger sister Lady Constance, swimming champion and big game hunter, is a statuesque beauty who scandalizes British … Continue reading Historical Highlands’ Legends.

Sisterly Scandals.

Book Review for “The Mitford Affair” by Marie Benedict. Summary: "Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters dominate the English political, literary, and social scenes. Though they've weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her husband to marry a fascist leader and Unity follows her sister's lead, inciting rumors that … Continue reading Sisterly Scandals.

TCL’s #DNF Friday – 2022 Recap.

The Chocolate Lady's Worst Books of 2022! It wasn't that long ago that I shied away from quitting a book. But I'm getting older, and since I retired, I refuse to deprive myself. That means I will no longer suffer through a book I'm not enjoying. I should have done this sooner, I know. In … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday – 2022 Recap.

#CCSpin 32 Review – Three Turns to her Future.

Book Review for “Which Way?” by Theodora Benson. Summary: "'There was no one in the room. Blinds and curtains were closed; the light of the skies, if any, was shut out. ... Only the fire was alive, consuming its life-for what? Then the door opened and as Claudia came with hurried steps into the fire's … Continue reading #CCSpin 32 Review – Three Turns to her Future.

TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2022!

You've seen my yearly Top Five/Top Ten lists, and now it is time for another "best of the best" list! For those of you who have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been producing a list of my favorite books published for each of the years I’ve been blogging. Last year, I gave … Continue reading TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2022!

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for January 7, 2023.

From “Beach Read” by Emily Henry to “My Name is Venus Black” by Heather Lloyd. This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for January 7, 2023.

A Hard Rock Life.

Book Review for “Queen of Thieves” by Beezy Marsh. Summary: "London, 1946. The city struggles to rebuild itself after the devastation of the Blitz. Food is rationed, good jobs are scarce, and even the most honest families are forced to take a bit of "crooked" just to survive. Alice Diamond, the Queen of Thieves, rules … Continue reading A Hard Rock Life.

TCL’s Top Ten Favorite Books of 2022.

2022- the Year of: Almost Tied for 1st! Early on during this past year, among the books I read, it almost looked like I was going to have to include some novels that got 4.75/5 stars in my top ten list. However, as the year progressed, more books started to get full marks. The problem … Continue reading TCL’s Top Ten Favorite Books of 2022.

Good Lies.

Book Review for “The Lipstick Bureau” by Michelle Gable. Summary: "1944, Rome. Newlywed Niki Novotná is recruited by a new American spy agency to establish a secret branch in Italy's capital. One of the OSS's few female operatives abroad and multilingual, she's tasked with crafting fake stories and distributing propaganda to lower the morale of … Continue reading Good Lies.